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cindystark - clearing off the nightstand (THIS year is the year it happens!)

75 Books Challenge for 2019

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1cindystark
Jan 3, 4:42pm Top

#1 - all at sea by Decca Aitkenhead - some remarkably beautiful writing here amidst the tragedy; this one was NOT on the nightstand last year, but a lovely way to start this year's list

2drneutron
Jan 3, 8:46pm Top

Welcome back!

3FAMeulstee
Jan 4, 12:02pm Top

Happy reading in 2019, Cindy!

4PaulCranswick
Jan 4, 8:09pm Top



Happy 2019
A year full of books
A year full of friends
A year full of all your wishes realised

I look forward to keeping up with you, Cindy, this year.

5cindystark
Jan 19, 10:15am Top

#2 Becoming by Michelle Obama - no matter your politics, this (First) lady can write; best book read in a long time

6cindystark
Jan 19, 10:17am Top

#3 Raising Blaze by Debra Ginsberg - mixed feelings about this one - deep subject matter, but the author is unlikable and makes decisions that don't seem like they would work for most parents

7cindystark
Jan 19, 10:18am Top

#4 Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris - written much like Orphan Train but with a touch of romance - not a bad winter read

8cindystark
Jan 22, 4:20pm Top

#5 My Father' Wives by Mike Greenberg - picked this one up without knowing who the author was, and so glad I did. Could have used a bit more character development, but an interesting story line

9cindystark
Jan 23, 10:39am Top

#6 The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff -- an odd mix of fact and fiction, I read this thinking it was the true story, was disappointed to read the author's note at the end regarding how much was actually fiction. Now to watch the movie and do some more research on Lili.

10cindystark
Jan 26, 12:33pm Top

#7 Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn - this first novel by the author of Gone Girl shows just how far Flynn has matured as a writer by the time Gone Girl is published; this one is creepy and dark but never quite hits the mark

11cindystark
Jan 28, 10:10am Top

#8 - The Invisible Circus by Jennifer Egan - this one had me murmuring hmmmmm for most of the book - still not quite sure

12cindystark
Jan 28, 10:11am Top

#9 Double Honeymoon by Evan S Connell -- finished this one only because I kept thinking that it just HAD to get better. Nope. Not a fan of the writing style, the characters, the story.

13alcottacre
Jan 28, 10:16am Top

Looks like your reading year is off to a great start, Cindy! I need to make your goal for the year mine too. My nightstand is groaning under the weight of the books - and I have now taken over my husband's as well :)

14cindystark
Jan 30, 10:25am Top

My problem is that I add two new titles for every one that gets removed... Every time I discover a new author, it turns into a treasure hunt to pick up anything else they have written and the nightstand pile grows deeper...

15cindystark
Jan 31, 8:54am Top

#10 - The Girl Next Door by Elizabeth Noble - this one was a very pleasant surprise; picked it up from the local library discard shelf ages ago because I loved The Reading Group - not sure why it was discarded!

16cindystark
Feb 2, 11:39am Top

#11 - Jane Austen Ruined My Life by Beth Pattillo -- sweet and satisfying!

17cindystark
Feb 4, 4:07pm Top

#12 - Educated by Tara Westover - wowowowowowow

18alcottacre
Feb 4, 4:22pm Top

>14 cindystark: I understand that problem all too well!

>16 cindystark: I need to get that one for my daughter. She loves Jane Austen!

>17 cindystark: I agree with your assessment!

19cindystark
Feb 12, 12:51pm Top

#13 - The Reckoning by John Grisham -- this one started out reading like vintage Grisham, but never really took off; almost written like two books with the chapters devoted to the war, and the ending was a letdown

20cindystark
Feb 12, 12:52pm Top

#14 - Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens -- it's a rare book that earns 5 stars from me; no hesitation this time. Heartbreakingly beautiful writing; just picked up a second copy to send to a friend, as I'm not sure that I can let my copy go...

21cindystark
Feb 18, 6:30pm Top

#15 - The Good Mayor by Andrew Nicoll -- quirky and strange and utterly charming

22cindystark
Feb 18, 6:32pm Top

#16 - The Bold World by Jodie Patterson -- I don't think that I have ever read a book quite like this one. Powerful and achingly raw. I raced through this one, but will sit and read more carefully a second time, as Patterson packs so much emotion into every phrase.

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